All About Kidnapping

COLOMBIA / 29 FEB 2012

Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon has retracted his announcement of the release of nine oil workers, who were kidnapped Tuesday in a department where both the FARC and ELN…

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2012

The announcement that Colombia's FARC, the region's oldest and largest insurgency, would halt kidnappings was greeted with mixed emotions. But while the skeptics seem to outnumber the optimists, the new…

KIDNAPPING / 17 FEB 2012

The Mexican government reported an average of six kidnappings a day in the second half of 2011, up more than 23 percent compared to the same period in 2010.

GUATEMALA / 13 FEB 2012

Seven members of a Guatemalan kidnapping gang known as the Pujujiles have received prison sentences of between 100 and 376 years each, while authorities warn of the rise of new…

BRAZIL / 8 FEB 2012

Express kidnappings rose 62.5 percent in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, according to recently released government statistics. But one research organization has implied there may be reason to…

KIDNAPPING / 6 FEB 2012

Venezuelan authorities have arrested three men in connection with the recent kidnapping of Mexico's ambassador to Caracas and his wife, according to the government.

KIDNAPPING / 30 JAN 2012

Mexico's ambassador to Venezuela, Carlos Pujalte, and his wife were abducted in Caracas and held for four hours before being released, in what appears to have been an "express kidnapping."…

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2012

Kidnappings in Colombia rose by 5.6 percent in 2011 according to the Ministry of Defense, contradicting police estimates of an 8 percent fall in the same period.

GULF CARTEL / 9 JAN 2012

A goalkeeper suspended from a first-division soccer team in Monterrey, north Mexico, has been arrested on charges of helping a kidnapping ring to select wealthy targets.

COLOMBIA / 6 JAN 2012

Two soldiers and three kidnappers died when the military attempted to rescue a businessman taken hostage in southwest Colombia.

COLOMBIA / 3 JAN 2012

Police say that kidnapping is going down in Colombia, even though an office in the Defense Ministry is expected to publish a radically different set of numbers.

KIDNAPPING / 1 JAN 2012

Mexico suffered an average of 49 kidnappings a day during 2011 according to the NGO Consejo para la Ley y los Derechos Humanos (CLDH), an increase of 32…

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